Children, Psychology and the Law: Seminar (21407). 2 units. This course will explore the interface between contemporary scientific research concerning human cognitive/psychological development and legal issues concerning children and adolescents. This course will include legal and ethical topics from family law, constitutional law, criminal law, and bioethics including: children and adolescents as witnesses; the "recovered memory" debate; child custody; race and ethnicity issues in the adoption context; various legal topics related to sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity; effects of exposure to pornographic and violent images on children; and the extent to which children and adolescents should be held responsible for their acts. Included in the readings will be material from psychology and related scientific fields that bear on these legal and ethical questions. At the broadest level, from both a legal and a psychological perspective, we will ask: What is a child? What is an adolescent? How do children and adolescents differ from each other and from adults? And how do these groups differ in terms of their rights, relationship to the state, and relationship to their parents? Paper required. Enrollment limited to sixteen. Also PSYC 614b. E.D. Stein and P. Bloom.